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  Natural fungicide
From: aroidgrower at verizon.net (John Ludwig) on 2007.11.24 at 17:59:45(16716)
I have had many years experience applying herbicides as well as
pesticides and currently hold a license for commercial application in
the state of New Jersey.

I have come to learn of the latest research pertaining to various
diseases that are thought to be associated with certain commonly used
herbicides and pesticides.

From: fradnai at free.fr (Franck R.) on 2007.11.24 at 22:37:19(16717)
Hello John,
It is commonly used for orchids with very good results, and it is a
good natural method. I use it for different plants when I have roots
which are cut to avoid problem.

From: agavestar at covad.net (Michael Mahan) on 2007.11.24 at 22:43:38(16718)
Cinnamon , been using it for years on tubers ,orchids, aroids , agaves ,
anything else that gets rot or fungus , seems to work the best of anything
chemical I've ever used . With storage of tubers ,I cover the tuber with a
thick coat of it right out of the ground while it's still damp.
Orchids,aroids any cut gets a heavy dose even before the sap runs . crown
rot, I clean the rot out then pack the crown with it while still damp .
Seems to work best when applied to a damp, fresh cut or cleaning as it helps
seal & protect . On succulents it speeds the callusing off process . Never
lost a philo cutting since I started using it . ants hate it ! . I'm gonna
try it on a tree stump that is covered with fungus just to see the effect
.... Mike

From: plantguy at zoominternet.net (Daniel Devor) on 2007.11.24 at 23:03:20(16719)
Hi John,

Well, chamomile tea is a common one used to prevent damp-off of course and
if you go to the following web site you can see lots of others that have
purported anti-fungal activities: http://www.ghorganics.com/page15.html
This site even tells you exactly how to make things like elder leaf spray
and garlic fungicide spray!!

I'm sure there must be hundreds if not thousands, the question is how many
have truly been proven to be effective vs. someone used it once and then
passed it along as if it were gospel :o)


From: bonaventure at optonline.net (bonaventure at optonline.net) on 2007.11.25 at 02:08:40(16721)

"Natural" pesticide/fungicide: try soaking in 3% hydrogen peroxide, let air dry, then dust with Comet or Ajax, or if you want to go more natural, powdered cinnamon.

You from Joisey? I'm from Joisey! What exit?

Bonaventure Magrys in Middlesex County

From: exotics at hawaii.rr.com (Windy Aubrey) on 2007.11.25 at 05:07:19(16722)
Right on Mike!
I too use Cinnamon, and yes, ants will not cross over a trail of Cinnamon.
If you have a potted plant that ants have invaded just dust the top with
Cinnamon and the ants will take off.
I have used Cinnamon as a fungicide on rot too. On tubers and stems
developing a rot, I just scrape down the problem until I hit white meat,
then apply a heavy coating to the exposed tissue before repotting.
We share our lives with animals, so I really like using this around the
threshold of the front and back door to deter ants instead of pesticides.
Cinnamon can be purchased at the 'Big Box' stores in a fairly large
container for a low price.


From: jpcferry2 at wanadoo.fr (Famille FERRY) on 2007.11.25 at 17:36:14(16724)
Bonjour ,

Personally, to heal the wounds, I use charcoal. I reduce powdersweep. But
it is very effective against rots the tubers of Amorphophallus or to the
roots of Anthuriums.

From: mollyday1 at gmail.com (Molly Day) on 2007.11.25 at 23:46:54(16727)
Hi Everyone -

I hope you don't mind but I put your ideas about natural fungicides into my
little garden blog at

From: kylefletcherbaker at yahoo.com (Kyle Baker) on 2007.11.26 at 01:46:45(16728)

Molly Day wrote: Hi Everyone -

I hope you don't mind but I put your ideas about natural fungicides into my little garden blog at

From: LLmen at wi.rr.com (Don Martinson) on 2007.11.26 at 06:48:06(16736)
Try: http://muskogeephoenixonline.com/blogs/MollyDay/

On 11/25/07 7:46 PM, "Kyle Baker" wrote:

> Molly Day wrote:

From: aroidgrower at verizon.net (John Ludwig) on 2007.11.28 at 02:28:27(16753)
Thanks Bonaventure, for the tip about Peroxide and Ajax, who would
have thought to use a cleanser?

I work in Joisey, live in Pennsy near Philly.

Feasterville, Lower bucks county to be exact.

Thanks Dan for the link, fantastic site!

Thank you Molly as well, I plan to be a regular reader.

Does anybody know what it is about Cinnamon that makes it so versatile?

I also ran into a good website:


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